December 4, 2021

Washington Wizards win fourth straight in dominating fashion over Bobcats

The Washington Wizards struggled for much the 2011-12 regular season. Of late, they have looked like a team transformed, playing some quality basketball and racking up wins against playoff contenders in the past two weeks.

On Monday night at the Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards (18-46) won their fourth straight game as they defeated the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, 101-73. The Wizards current win streak is their longest since January 2006.

They pretty much controlled the action from start to finish in dominating fashion and had a satisfying 63-39 lead at the half. From there, they had as much as a thirty point lead in the third quarter and sailed to an easy victory.

The Wizards have won all four games in their season series against the Bobcats.

For Charlotte (7-57) – owned by former NBA superstar and Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan – the loss against Washington marks their 21st in a row.

If the Bobcats lose all their remaining games left in the season – three in total – they will have the ignominious distinction of being the absolute worst team in basketball in history in terms of winning percentage.

After the game, Washington interim head coach Randy Wittman spoke about his team’s victory.

“This is another step for our team. I think we did a great job with the schedule we had leading up to this game, winning three in a row and then getting ready for this game against a struggling team.”

He added, “We took care of business right from the start. I was more nervous for this game than our previous games. You don’t ever want to give a struggling team the opportunity to breathe.”

John Wall – who had 16 points and 14 assists on the night – spoke about the importance of beating a weak Charlotte team and also their recent run of success.

“It feels good. Even though it’s the end of the season we are playing good as a team. We beat two teams that are in the playoffs and one team that’s fighting for the playoffs. We knew we had to come out and beat Charlotte because we knew what they were playing for. We had their number tonight.”

Of course, the Wizards are showing much improved and playing well as a unit. That has been evident in the past two weeks.

“The key is we were playing together as a team and moving the ball. Different guys have been scoring every night, so you don’t have the same leading scorer,” said Wall.

“It’s been great that our second group has been coming in and playing well – Cartier (Martin), James (Singleton), Shelvin (Mack), Nene. It means a lot to us.”

Nene – who had 18 points off the bench – mused, “We played well and played as a team. We’re learning how to play together. It is fun to play the way we are playing right now.”

Jan Vesley also had 16 points and six rebounds. Kevin Seraphin chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds.

For Charlotte, Gerald Henderson had 19 points, and D.J. Augustin scored 15.

With the season ending on Thursday night against the formidable Miami Heat, the Wizards are a little sad, but looking forward to the future.

“That’s the saddest part. You play this game that you love and work because you want to be in the playoffs. We’ve got a lot to look forward to this summer and prepare ourselves for next year. If we add a couple of pieces, we know what we have on this team and what we can do when we play together.”

Nene added, “A lot of young guys are developing and getting a lot of minutes. We have a lot of camaraderie. We have a lot of talent on this team. We just have to keep learning to play together.”

He also said, “I have confidence we can continue to work hard and improve so we are ready for next season.”

The Wizards next game is on Wednesday as they face the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road.

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